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A History of the Modern British Isles, 1529-1603: The Two Kingdoms

ISBN: 978-0-631-19334-0
416 pages
January 1999, ©1998, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume examines the development of two sovereign nations over seventy-four momentous years.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates.


A Note on Conventions.


1. Sixteenth-century England.

2. Divorce, Schism and Statute: England 1529-36.

3. Pilgrimage, Dissolution and Reform: England 1536-40.

4. The Last Years of Henry VIII: England 1540-47.

5. Pre-Reformation Scotland, 1528-57.

6. The Reformation and the Reign of Queen Mary: Scotland 1557-67.

7. Protector Somerset: England 1547-49.

8. The Dudley Supremacy and the Reign of Jane Grey: England 1549-53.

9. Queen Mary's Regime: England 1553-58.

10. The Third Kingdom: Ireland, and Beyond, 1529-60.

11. The Elizabethan Settlement: England 1558-63.

12. Unelizabethan England: England 1560-72.

13. The Elizabethan State: England in the 1570s and Beyond.

14. England's Empire: Ireland, and Beyond, 1560-1603.

15. The Loss of Peace: England 1580-89.

16. A Nation at War: England in the 1590s.

17. The Jacobean Minority: Scotland 1568-85.

18. The Personal Rule of James VI: Scotland 1585-1603.

19. The Elizabethan Dusk: England 1599-1603.

Further Reading.



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Author Information

Mark Nicholls is Deputy Keeper of Manuscripts at Cambridge University Libraray. He received an MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge and is the author of Investigating Gunpowder Plot (1991). He previously worked at the National Army Museum in Chelsea and edits the Journal of the Society for the Army Historical Research.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • A lively reassessment of England and Scotland under the Tudors and Stuarts
  • Examines the relationship with Ireland throughout the sixteenth-century
  • Covers politics and religion as well as economic, social and cultural change.
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"Dr Nicholls has proved to be a resourceful choice ... he delivers an accurate, sensitive and engaging account, never allowing the reader to be lost in the quagmires of scholarly debate." History<!--end-->

"The book is fluently written and well produced." English Historical Review

"An impressive achievement ... well written: lucid, concise and stylistically unpretentious." Irish Historical Studies

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